Kathmandu, 10 May: A special session of the House of Representatives (HoR) is scheduled to vote on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s confidence motion at 1 PM on Monday.
Oli has announced to seek a vote of confidence in parliament two months after the Supreme Court invalidated the unity reached between CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center). The two parties had formed Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the merger deal on May 17, 2018.
Passing a verdict on a writ petition filed by Rishi Kattel, the apex court ruled that the name NCP belonged to the Kattel-led party. A single bench of Justice Kumar Regmi asked both UML Chairman Oli and Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to go to the Election Commission within 15 days with a new name if they both wanted to keep the party unity intact. Amid growing intra-party rivalry, both Oli and Dahal did not seek to go to the Election Commission to save party unity.
Before the merger deal, the two parties had formed a left alliance and won a majority of seats in the parliamentary elections in 2017. The Maoist Center, however, withdrew its support extended to the Oli government on May 2 after Oli announced to seek parliament’s confidence vote.